A gray wolf has been illegally shot and killed just outside Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming wildlife officials have posted a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the poacher.
While 16 wolves have been legally killed in Wyoming since the federal government removed the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protection, this killing is the first committed illegally in the state's northwest corner. Under Wyoming's wolf management regulations, wolves in that part of the state can only be hunted with state-issued licenses, and so far Wyoming has not established a hunting season for the predators.
The dead wolf was found April 21 by a U.S. Forest Service employee along U.S. 191 just east of Moran Junction in Grand Teton. Since wolves were delisted in late March, investigation of the killing is up to the state of Wyoming.